How do you know if you have soft bones?
If you have soft bones, you may have symptoms, including: Easily broken bones.
How is osteomalacia diagnosed?
Your healthcare provider may need to do a bone biopsy to diagnose osteomalacia. They’ll insert a needle through your skin and muscle and into your bone to get a small sample. They’ll put the sample on a slide and examine it under a microscope.
What does osteomalacia feel like?
Symptoms of osteomalacia Muscle spasms and/or cramps. Muscle weakness, particularly in the thighs and buttocks. Waddling gait and/or difficulty walking. Feeling of pins and needles, known as paresthesia, or numbness around the mouth or in the arms and legs, in cases of calcium deficiency.
What is the treatment for osteomalacia?
Treatment for osteomalacia involves providing enough vitamin D and calcium, both required to harden and strengthen bones, and treating disorders that might cause the condition.
Is osteomalacia a disability?
Although this disorder can be effectively treated, it can also be quite debilitating and can therefore qualify you for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. A Vitamin D deficiency or the body’s inability to metabolize Vitamin D is what causes Osteomalacia.
How common is osteomalacia?
Rickets and osteomalacia are bone diseases that occur worldwide; however, in developed countries they rarely occur as a result of dietary deficiency. The incidence of osteomalacia is approximately 1 in 1000 people.
Is osteomalacia reversible?
If you have osteomalacia – the adult form of rickets that causes soft bones – treatment with supplements will usually cure the condition. However, it may be several months before any bone pain and muscle weakness is relieved. You should continue taking vitamin D supplements regularly to prevent the condition returning.
What happens if osteomalacia is left untreated?
In adults, untreated osteomalacia can cause an increased chance of breaking bones and a low level of calcium in bones, particularly in old age.
Can osteomalacia be cured?
Fortunately, getting enough vitamin D through oral supplements for several weeks to months can cure osteomalacia. To maintain normal blood levels of vitamin D, you’ll likely have to continue taking the supplements.